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Master of Public Administration (MPA) Courses

Villanova University’s online MPA degree program consists of six required courses and six additional courses of your choice. Each course is designed to provide you with the knowledge to help you succeed as a leader in public administration. Whether you’re pursuing a career in the local/state/federal government, non-governmental (NGO) or nonprofit sector, this comprehensive curriculum can help prepare you to lead, manage and contribute to the public good.

MPA 8001 – Public Administration Theory

This course delves into the tension between bureaucracy-democracy, and explores theories about the nature and development of public administration in the United States.

MPA 8002 – Organization Theory

Investigate the similarities and differences within various formal and complex organizations, along with their structures and dynamics, and the theories applicable to such organizations.

MPA 8003 – Financial Management

The study of financial management of government and nonprofit organizations, this course will provide you with the skills and ability to analyze an organization's budget and provide alternative courses of action in financial decision making. Topics include the budgetary process, revenue policy, financial controls, debt management and capital budgeting.

MPA 8004 – Public Personnel Management

This course looks at public versus private personnel management, with topics including recruitment, selection, training, career management, performance assessment, grievances and appeals.

MPA 8005 – Analysis and Research I

An introduction to tools of research. Basic topics include research design, measurement, and methods of quantitative and qualitative data collection.

MPA 8006 – Analysis and Research II

A focus on inferential statistics, this course builds upon the learnings of Analysis and Research I, with topics including the analysis of contingency tables and regression analysis. You’ll also discover ways to present a quantitative analysis in a clear, concise research report. Prerequisites: MPA 8005

MPA 8200 – Administrative Communication

The study of the communication process within and among complex organizations, this course teaches the listening, writing, and speaking skills needed to promote better relations among individuals and organizations.

MPA 8300 – Leadership Ethics

This course examines assumptions implicit in various organizational designs with highlights including the importance of fidelity to value-based decision-making.

MPA 8400 – Strategic Planning

The study of strategic planning and strategic management, this course also places special emphasis upon planning models and functions.

MPA 8500 – Effective City Management

Learn how to relate better to the community, promote its future and work with the governing body. Discover ways to create an organizational climate of excellence while overseeing the delivery of services, conducting relations with other governments and maintaining personal effectiveness.

MPA 8550 – Urban Politics and Government

The study of city and suburban governments in metropolitan areas, with special emphasis devoted to such topics as governmental form, city-suburb relations, race and ethnic relations, and economic change.

MPA 8600 – Effective Nonprofit Management

Examination of nonprofit civic and political involvement, ethics and accountability, leadership and board development, human resource practices, financial management and performance measurement, philanthropy and fundraising, volunteer management, and marketing and communications.

MPA 8700 – Fundraising for Nonprofit Organizations

The study of development plans, institutional mission and readiness factors, development of office operations, analysis of constituencies and effectiveness, communications and marketing, the role of the board of directors and volunteers, ethical considerations of fundraising, benchmarking and the role of technology on philanthropy.

MPA 8800 – Managing Public Networks

Explore theories of federalism, intergovernmental relations, intergovernmental and intersectoral networks, collaborative decision-making approaches and negotiating skills.


Notice for residents of Minnesota:

Villanova is registered as a private institution with the Minnesota Office of Higher Education pursuant to the Minnesota Statutes, sections 136A.61 to 136.71. Registration is not an endorsement of the institution. Credits earned at the institution may not transfer to all other institutions.

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